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A UUA Congregation in the historic
1739 First Meetinghouse
welcoming people of all faiths and children!

Served by Rev. Steve Wilson
Music: Lynne Walker
Lay preacher: Dan Tinen
Program Coordinator: Annette Mackin
Web, Building: Mark Wadleigh
Coffee at 11:00 ~ Service at 11:30


Visions of Peace Art Exhibition
May 22- June 19

Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
From 10:00 til 2:00
May 22- June 19

June 19th is the final chance to see our collaborative Art Show of 29 artists "Visions of Peace".
The show closes the 19th with a slide lecture by collage "fleurage" artist Harry White from Glastonbury, CT. The slide/lecture is at 2pm and replaces our usual 11:30am service.

Be sure to give yourself time to view all the art works before the lecture or during the week:
Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays 10-2.

Nourish your spirit at the Bernardston Unitarian Church in the historic 1739 Unitarian Meetinghouse,
a UU Congregation joining people of all faiths in love and community.

Services are at 11:30 am, coffee starts at 11 am. Rev. Steve Wilson starts his 12th year as our Pastoral minister and is a fun and engaging speaker on topics concerning our modern day lives and challenges.

"First Saturday's" is a Pot Luck Supper with Rev. Steve at 5:30pm followed by a program, activity, movie, or discussion. Anyone in the community is welcome to join in.

The Arts and Activism Program sponsors a weekly free art workshop on Wednesdays from 9:30am to noon after which participants traditionally join for lunch at a local restaurant. Bring your own materials and any skill level to this congenial group. We also collaborate with other local arts and service organizations to provide workshops, lectures and service projects.

Come share your interests and concerns in a spirit of good will and fellowship. Schedule is posted below. Questions and pastoral care: contact Rev. Steve Wilson, or Annette Mackin at 413-330-0807.

Upcoming schedule:


Saturday Night June 4 Steve's Writing Group topic: "The Shape of your Heart" Pot Luck at 5:30

Sunday June 5 Rev. Jean Wahlstrom

Sunday June 12 Rev. Steve Wilson: Honoring All Your Teachers- In the context of a late night infomercial,
we skip past the latest ab-crunching machine to focus on the importance of witnessing oneself. We ask how do our own nearest habits instruct us about who we are , and what we love.

Sunday June 19 June 19th is the final chance to see our collaborative Art Show of 29 artists "Visions of Peace".
The show closes the 19th with a slide lecture by collage "fleurage" artist Harry White from Glastonbury, CT.
The slide/lecture is at 2pm and replaces our usual 11:30am service. Be sure to give yourself time to view all the art works before the lecture or during the week: wed. sat. or sun. 10-2.

2016 Summer Schedule ~ 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse

Sunday, July 17th 11:30am ~ coffee at 11am ~ Unitarian Universalism- Our Oddly Modern Spiritual Journey: “It has been said that “Unitarian-Universalist’s don’t stand for anything, we move.” In this hour we will look comprehensively at the journey our American church tradition has made, and examine the polarities and dynamics that make us who we are.

July 31st 11:30 am ~ coffee at 11am ~Tea with the Transcendentalists: This service is an imaginary effort to connect us to what it might be like to be in Emerson’s living room with the likes of Margaret Fuller, Henry Hedge, and Thoreau. Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal tradition, but not one without an important history those among us should know. Sharpen up your number 2 pencils.

August 7th 11:30 am ~ coffee at 11am : Unitarian Grace: One can be said to have grace, or be graceful, to be prayerful before a meal is to say grace. This spiritual attribute and word that came to connote fluid elegant action is the same word we use to talk about the idea of God swooping down to protect and save us. Today we have a meditation and examination on this both beautiful and enigmatic word.

Aug 21st 11:30 am ~ coffee at 11am ~ Virtue- Life’s Essential Skills: Honest, disciplined, humble, and patient are all the things we want our neighbors to be. This simple sermon falls somewhere between a rap on the knuckles lecture about being good, and a self–esteem group hug to do your best and don’t fret.

Sunday, Sept 18th 11:30 am ~ coffee at 11am ~ Discerning What to Worry about (A Water In-Gathering Service): Water is the source of life.. It is the largest percentage of earth surface. Water is the bulk of your body’s weight. Wow. In this water in gathering service we speak personally about our unique gifts, and get into the issue of what one should really worry about. Grab the water you saved this summer, take a few mental notes about your summer and join us for the first official service of the church year.

Call for artists: "Visions of Peace" Spring Art Exhibition with PVI and DVAA. Opening reception on May 22nd. Art submissions on Wed. May 18th 10-noon or by arrangement with Annette ~ 413-330-0807

Weather updates at or call 413-330-0807

Try out Dan's Franklin County UU YouTube Channel

Call 413 330-0807 for information or if you need to carpool to come to church or events.

Wednesdays On-going Wed. Meetinghouse Artists group, 9:30am to noon. Bring your project, materials, craft to a congenial gathering. We are planning for a group exhibition in November at the Meetinghouse. Join us!

Contact Rev. Steve Wilson if you have a pastoral need or would like a visit.- 617-852-2292

Remembering Caryl Dyer

Caryl Out with friends at Bella Notte

Experience Unitarian Warmth
There's always something happening at
the Bernardston Unitarian Church

Meetinghouse artists at the State House with Sen. Rosenberg

DVAA & our Meetinghouse Artists getting a special tour with Sen. Stan Rosenberg

Recent Events!

"Agriculture ~the Heartbeat of the Valley"
May 30 ~ June 13, 2015 ~ 10am to 2pm daily
A Multi-Media Art Exhibit Celebrating Working Farms of the Pioneer Valley
co-sponsored by DVAA, Pioneer Valley Institute, Bernardston Agricultural Commission, Arts and Activism at Bernardston Unitarian with funding support from the Bernardston and MA Cultural Council
Closing Event: Michael Nix Concert Saturday, June 13, 7:30-9:30 More Information

Earth Wisdom Saturday, May 2 , Screen time ~ 6:30pm "Oil & Water" ~ The third film in a trilogy of inspiring environmental films following our first Saturday with Steve Pot Luck at 5:30. Suggested donation for the movie $5, bring a dish to share for the Pot luck supper before the movie. About the movie: Two boys come of age looking for solutions to the global problem of reckless oil drilling following years of oil contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Local connections. Spoiler alert! They find a solution! More Information

Shadows of Liberty
Thanks to Jean Philippe Tremblay for his amazing film, to Debra Brown for bringing the film to Bernardston, and thanks to Dan DeWalt and Sara Longsmith of Free Press for their astute commentary on the film and thanks as well to our animated audience!Photos
They made their Kicksarter Goal!
Here's their Kickstarter page

Jim Scott at the Bernardston Unitarian Church

Jim Scott giving a special holiday service December 2013

Explore Jim Scott's music at, some of it is in our hymnal!

Inequality Poster

Special showing of Robert Reich's movie "Inequality for All"
December 8, 2013

The Deerfield Valley Art Association Fall Members Show Columbus Day weekend, ending Monday Oct. 14.

Under the Oaks "LIVE ARTS UNDER THE OAKS!" Special Thanks to Linda Lively, Kathy Hale, Chantal Dupuis, Roy Morgan, Mark Wadleigh, Rev. Steve Wilson, Robbianne Mackin, Bev Phelps, Martha Stiles, Joel Fowler, Sandra Haynes, Barry Deitz, Jim Gildea, artists under the tent: Karen Evans, Leni Gaudet, Genevieve Abate, Gary Fiske-White, Edith Hunsberger, Mary Glabach Field, and Maureen Moore, and of course the Band- Pat & Tex LaMountain, Rick Mauran and John White. A great team effort to clean up and down, set up two art shows and outside booths, and run a complex event with great success and fun for all!

Reinhardt's 99th Birthday celebration

climate rally
No Pipeline through New England!
Climate Rally - 10:30 on the Meetinghouse steps.
Sunday February 17th in solidarity with the DC Rally and

Thanks for a good laugh and sweet treats on Valentines day

The Valentines Cabaret was sooooo great!

Past Events!

Happy time on the church steps watching the parade!
"Sense of Place" Celebration. Sept. 22, Story telling, meetinghouse tours, parade float and artist reception

Thanks to every one who helped with the Cabaret to benefit Franklin County flood victims and the Guinoppe Honduras Project!!! It was a great success!!!
Thanks to the Great Local Business Sponsors for our Cabaret Raffle!
Click here to find out who they are!

This is Louise with Caryl after an amazing presentation. Boy can she make history come alive! The paintings describe the only successful Native American rebellion.
Link to Louise's Website

Dreams of Home Event The "SHELTER: Dreams of Home Event" included a panel of professionals speaking about housing, getting a home, keeping a home and related issues.
The Art Exhibition accompanying a free community event held May 14, 2011 from 11am-8pm. The subject of the exhibition was "HOME" and all that the word evokes in our hearts, minds, and senses.
The Opening Reception to celebrate the artists held from 3-5 pm on the 14th followed by The Walter Mittys Band from 5- 8pm.

river view

thanks to all who participated!

Click Here Spring Water Event 2009 for the photo page.

Dan Esty

Keynote speaker Daniel Esty, author of "Green to Gold"
Yale Professor and advisor to Pres. Obama

river view
Al and Jane

Photos of Al's 15 years with the Bernardston Unitarians celebration!

Eric and Steve

Eric Wasileski and Steve Wilson
Australian Send-off for Rev. Steve Wilson
Party Pictures

David Korten at the Bernardston Unitarian ChurchThanks to David Korten
progressive visionary author
Speaking about creating a positive future
David Korten's blog
The Great Turning website
Thanks to the sponsors and contributors for their generous support!

Dr Robert Sidorsky Ultimate Peace
Saturday April 10, 2009
Robert and Linda Sidorsky have been doing their part to bring peace to the Middle East by facilitating Ultimate Frisbee games between Palestinian and Israeli youth. Dr. Robert Sidorsky spoke about this exciting venture as part of the Great Decisions discussion. Pictures & More Info

Peace Mantra:
"To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance." -Buddha

Stay tuned for special events.

Find Us - Directions
A history of the church from the 1600's
Honoring our Elders Over Eighty 

Bernardston Unitarian Declaration of Fellowship:
We unite to affirm
that love is the spirit of this church
and service it's mission.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To give service to humanity.

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